Research Analyst-Higher Education Practice Area

Location : Location US-Remote


Hanover Research- Research Analyst, Higher Education 

Arlington, VA

Remote Opportunity #Remote #LI-Remote 

This is a mid-level research position. This position will report to the practice area specific Senior Director.
As a Research Analyst on the generalist research team, you will work on a wide and complex range of research topics. Common project types include new academic program market analyses, best practices reports, environmental scans, and competitive benchmarking analyses. The Research Analyst executes projects independently under the guidance of Research Directors and other senior research staff. In addition, Research Analysts serve as project leads for junior researchers and will have the opportunity to contribute to Hanover’s proprietary online library of reports and research briefs on key topics in higher education, as well as to the development of thought leadership pieces such as trends reports and presentations that are distributed to higher education leaders globally.


  • Conduct secondary research with minimal oversight to address research questions related to key topics in Higher Education
  • Analyze and synthesize complex research requests, drawing on publicly available data, secondary source materials, surveys, and other primary sources, to:
    • Draw key insights from the literature and relevant content
    • Tell a story with compelling, related insights
    • Make actionable recommendations to decision-makers
  • Write client-ready reports and create other types of deliverables (e.g., presentations, infographics, data supplements) to communicate findings to different audiences (e.g., senior higher education administrators and board members, faculty members, community members)
    • Employ a broad range of graphics to represent insights and trends
    • Incorporate additional content when existing material is insufficient
    • Identify actionable implications from analysis and make specific recommendations
  • Take ownership over and effectively manage different phases of the project lifecycle (i.e., research, analysis and synthesis, and creating a polished deliverable)
    • Suggest thoughtful solutions for overcoming project challenges
    • Adjust research strategy to meet project goals when necessary
    • Craft research methodology with limited background details, if necessary
    • Identify and act on opportunities to extend analysis beyond the basic requirements of the request
  • Support the work of junior researchers by providing guidance on project scope, resource selection, and report content/structure.
    • Edit and revise the work of others when needed
  • May balance more than one project simultaneously by serving as a Project Lead on a project in addition to own project



  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work quickly and independently
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to take ownership of projects from the beginning (i.e., developing a research strategy) to middle (i.e., conducting research) to end (i.e., creating a polished deliverable)
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to meet deadlines
  • Intellectually curious
  • Interested in assuming increasing levels of responsibility
  • Motivated to tackle complex, often unfamiliar research requests
  • Ability to pick up new quantitative skills and market research methodologies and apply them in new contexts
  • Passion for Higher Education topics and helping Hanover’s Higher Education clients make important, research-driven decisions


Skills & Experience

  • Experience conducting research, preferably market research or social science research, in a professional or academic setting and the ability to:
    • Strategize
    • Think creatively
    • Problem-solve or course-correct
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to closely proofread/self-edit own work
  • Ability to succinctly and effectively synthesize content and pull out key insights
  • High comfort level with Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook)


  • Familiarity with higher education and higher education databases (e.g., IPEDS)
  • Experience writing for business/non-academic audiences
  • Familiarity with survey, qualitative, and/or quantitative research methodologies


Education Requirement
A master’s or doctorate degree in English, Economics, Journalism, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology or a related discipline is preferred, though candidates with relevant experience without a graduate degree or who hold other degrees will be considered.
Experience Requirement
3-5 years of full-time work experience conducting market research or social science research or professional writing. Applied market research experience and/or experience in an undergraduate or graduate research role (e.g., institutional research, assessment) is preferred.


USA Remote  

Office is located in Arlington, VA 
#Remote #LI-Remote  



  • Starting at 18+ days Paid Time Off 
  • 15 paid holidays including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Juneteenth, Indigenous People’s Day, and personal holidays 
  • 401(K) employer matching program 
  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits package 
  • Health and wellness packages with discounts to local gym 
  • Annual company-wide day of service and monthly events partnering with local organizations such as KidPower, Martha’s Kitchen, DC SPCA 
  • Community service opportunities 
  • Unlimited snacks and beverages 



Hanover Research strives to create compensation and benefits programs that are competitive, equitable and fair.  The compensation range for this role at the company is $52,370- $75,940. Please note that the base salary offered is contingent on the candidate’s job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.  Our base pay range is determined by the role and the market.  


Hanover believes in supporting our team’s overall well-being now and in the future. We provide retirement benefits and 401K matching to help you plan ahead, wellness benefits to keep you healthy, medical coverage to lift you up if you or your dependents get sick, and paid time away to rejuvenate. You can learn more about our benefits on our Hanover Research Careers page or please talk to your Recruiter to learn more. 

How to Apply 
If you are interested in the prospect of working for a dynamic, growing company, we encourage you to submit your resume, and a relevant professional writing sample (consisting of no more than 8 pages on an education or business related topic preferably).


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About Hanover Research 
Founded in 2003, Hanover Research is a global research and analytics firm that delivers market intelligence through a unique, fixed-fee model to more than 1,000 clients. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Hanover employs high-caliber market researchers, analysts, and account executives to provide a service that is revolutionary in its combination of flexibility and affordability. Hanover was named a Top 50 Market Research Firm by the American Marketing Association from 2015 to 2021. To learn more about Hanover Research, visit 


Hanover Values 

  • Business Building – We build our business quickly and intelligently and we help our clients do the same 
  • Thought Leadership and Innovation – We strive constantly to deliver better information in a better way 
  • Service – To our clients and our community, service is our guiding principle 
  • Leadership and Mentorship – Our talent is our greatest asset, and we hope to help our people be their best 
  • Firm Citizenship – We are optimists who believe there are endless possibilities for our company and ourselves 


Hanover Research is an Equal Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, compensation, training, promotion, transfer, leaves of absence, and termination. 


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